PhD Track

Chemistry and Interfaces



Chemistry is a basic science that may be used to resolve many of the challenges faced by our society today such as health issues, sustainable development, energy and innovative materials for new technologies .
The PhD Track “Chemistry and Interfaces” of the “Institut Polytechnique de Paris” has been designed to combine state of the art academic knowledge in chemistry together with long term research projects addressing these challenges. The program will be proposed to students combining excellence in chemistry and desire to perform a PhD in the research environment of the ““Institut Polytechnique de Paris”

Program Structure

The academic program of the first two years of the PhD Track will be structured around a selection of courses from the Master program “Chemistry and Interfaces” of IP Paris. Before the arrival of the student and according to his previous training, a mentor will be selected among members of the department. He will interact with the student during its first two years in order to establish and validate his personal academic training for the first two years, in coherence with his field of interest for his further PhD. The training combines scientific courses with research projects performed in the environment of IP Paris. The student will have to choose a research unit and a research project at the beginning of his training. He will have the ability to change project and laboratory at the end of the first semester and at the end of the third semester.

The first year will combine a core of compulsory courses (8 ECTS: Spectroscopy, Modelization) together with optional courses (16 ECTS: four courses selected among Organic Chemistry-Organometallic Chemistry-Solid State Chemistry- Biology and Health- Energy and Sustainable Development-Innovative material for technology). While following these courses, the student will have to choose a research internship at the beginning of his training. A first research project of 10 ECTS will be performed with a formal evaluation at the end of the first semester. A second project of 22 ECTS will be done during the second semester. Language and cultural courses (4ECTS) will be added to the program according to the background of the students.

The program of the second year will involve optional courses taken from the M2 programs “Molecular Chemistry and Interfaces” (choice of two modules of 6 ECTS each together with a selection of courses from the other modules to reach 18 ECTS) and “Materials Chemistry and Interfaces”(selection of courses to reach 18 ECTS). Two research projects will be added to this program (10 and 28 ECTS). They will be evaluated on the basis of a written report and oral examination. The project performed during the second semester should lead to a better definition of the PhD project of the following three years. Language and cultural courses (4ECTS) will also be suggested during the second year.

The following three years will be devoted the PhD project according to the rules defined by the doctoral school of IP Paris.


Application guidelines for a PhD Track at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors.

Students may also have the possibility to start the PhD Program in the second year of the MSc (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites


Application timeline

The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020 – Extended to March 22, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition fees

Annual tuition fees for year 1 and 2 (MSc): for PhD track students IP Paris has decided to subsidize the tuition fees for Years 1 and 2 bringing them down from 6250 Euros (non EU students) / 4250 Euros (EU students) to the level of the official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation for EU students (243 Euros in 2019-2020) 
Annual tuition fees for year 3 to 5 (PhD): Official tuition fees of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and innovation ( EU and non EU students pay the EU fees ; 380 euros in 2019-2020)
An annual scholarship may be granted to the best applicants for the first 2 years (MSc). Modalities will be communicated by February 15th 2020.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.


Laurent El Kaïm